Eating good quality gluten free food, mainly in Edinburgh


Mother India’s Cafe

I take my food photography quite seriously, so am slightly mortified that on my visit to Mother India’s Cafe this week I didn’t photograph the food!   My excuse: it was so delicious I just dived in.

Most coeliacs will quake at the mention of tapas-style sharing, as there are so many risks in terms of bread dipping, not knowing what you are eating etc, but at Mother India’s cafe I was confident that my GF issues were going to be fine.

On arrival I was given an allergies menu, which basically lists each item on the menu and which allergen it contains.  So it is straightforward to cut out the obvious dishes, but plenty still remain.  While pakora is made using gram flour, they were quick to point out that it shares a fryer, so I felt confident being in the chef’s hands.

The choices are pretty good and in dining with a gluten-loving friend, I did not feel she was compromised by the choices.  We had a delicious and creamy Chicken Tikka Makhni which, like all the dishes, comes in a little bowl so you can share 4-5 dishes between two.  A spicy Aloo Gobi with green beans was a delicious mix of cauliflower and potato in a tiny copper saucepan and went really well alongside the Lamb Karahi with its rich pepper sauce.  Other delights included some huge and crunchy popadoms and a really good value chipatti for the gluten-lover.

We took one recommendation from the excellent waiter and had the daily special of trout cooked with lime and coriander – this was a brilliant choice!   Punchy and moist, with big chunks of flavour, it really did hit the spot.

This is fast food in all its glory: we were in and out of the restaurant in an hour as we were heading to the theatre, but we could have stayed longer.  The place has a lovely bustle and a slightly exotic feel about it.  A true highlight is the wonderful service which is professional, friendly, careful with allergies and really just made us feel well looked after.  And just so you know, there is a sister restaurant in Glasgow – happy days.

Sorry about the lack of pictures – don’t let it put you off! mother india cafe edinburgh gluten free


Mother India's Cafe
3-5 Infirmary St, Edinburgh EH1 1LT
0131 524 9801
Please mention Gluten Free Edinburgh when booking.